Posted by: soniahs | January 31, 2013

Progress in the garden

Well, I’ve learned this week that the plants we thought was collard greens (because we got them as “collard green” seedlings) are actually…something else. Exactly what else, we’re not sure about. They’re quite obviously in the cabbage/broccoli family, and haven’t bloomed- so we can’t really tell what their major product is supposed to look like. So this makes me feel a bit silly. But the leaves are edible, so we keep eating them and giving them away. They are clearly happy as they are and don’t want to be categorized, thank you very much.

The transplanted fennel & chives are doing well.

The transplanted fennel & chives are doing well.

So some of the most recent seeds have sprouted: nasturtiums, pak choi, and radishes. It really happened quickly- especially with the pak choi. Cabbage family FTW!

I was worried I wouldn't be able to recognize the seedlings, but nasturtiums are pretty distinctive.

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to recognize the seedlings, but nasturtiums are pretty distinctive.

The arugula is also sprouting, though it’s slower growing. We selected cool-weather seeds to plant this winter, and it’s consistently been between 50 and the high 80’s since we planted. Pretty abnormal winter weather.

Arugula peeking out.

Arugula peeking out.

Yesterday, I harvested a bunch of things: misome, some notcollards, cilantro, dill, Italian parsley, radishes, a carrot, and the first turnips. The turnips have a lot of greens, so I’ll have to figure out how to cook those.

Yay turnips!

Yay turnips!

Noe appreciated my garden activities this week- as I was washing the herbs, she realized that the turnip leaves were within chomping distance. She does not look a gift horse like that in the mouth, let me tell you.

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Top to bottom: notcollards, root vegetables (with greens), herbs, misome.

The turnips look much happier than the radishes & carrot.

The turnips look much happier than the radishes & carrot.

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  1. […] Friday before last, I decided to finally take action about the mass of not-collards that are happily growing in the garden, and which are really too much for us to eat- even with […]


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